Truths About Love

Truths About Love

There are many ideas about what is and isn’t. Today, we’re looking at some s about on Cell Life Church Live.

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This Friday in the United States, and in several other nations around the world, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is named for Saint Valentine who is associated with “courtly ”.

Today, we are going to look at what true really is and isn’t.

There are many notions and ideas about and what it is. The word can have different definitions depending upon a person’s perceptions and past experiences as well as the situation and context.

What we believe something to be isn’t always necessarily the . We filter our beliefs through past experiences and personal philosophies. For the real , we must turn to a resource that is unchanging and stands the test of time. We must turn to the Bible and the author of , God.

The Bible is our one source of that we can rely on to navigate the world always.

The word has been defined in several different ways by the world. Today, we are talking about the about . We are going to take two common beliefs about and hold them up to what the Bible has to say about them. We will also discuss whether or not is deserving and whether or not is an emotion.

Let’s start by talking about the misconceptions of being deserved.

When people feel that is deserved, they feel that is earned. You may even hear “You reap what you sow” when it comes to . Some believe that you must act a certain way or say the right thing to not ruin for your life. The belief is that you have to be in the perfect relationship to make “work”. Others believe that your life is defined by your past mistakes.

The Bible tells us that is not deserved. No matter how hard we try, we cannot earn . In its purest form, is freely given. says:

(5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

keeps no record of wrongs. In other words, it is quick to forgive. puts the other person first and its motives are pure and not for the benefit of oneself. With , there is no arsenal in the closet. When tension rises, does not bring up past mistakes.

God is our example of true . Let’s read Psalms 103:8-12,

(8) The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in . (9) He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; (10) he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (11) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his for those who fear him; (12) as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

In these verses, we learn that is not deserved. God s us in spite of our mistakes. He is patient with our disobedience and not easily upset with us. God saturates us with his . He does not hold our pasts against us. Our actions do not influence the way God s us. He forgives and forgets and His has the ability to heal our pasts.

We see that is not deserved but is it something I feel towards another person; is it emotional?

is more of an action than an emotion. When we act out of then the emotion will follow.

You may have heard these common ideas about : feels good; it’s happy, fulfilling, and satisfying.

Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about it. Let’s read .

(12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly d, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) And over all these virtues put on , which binds them all together in perfect unity.

These verses tell us that holds all these virtues. In other words, holds together compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. None of these qualities are emotions, they are all virtues. They are aspects of .

Some people believe that you should follow your heart therefore, must be an emotion. Listen to what says about our heart:

(9) The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Your heart will deceive you. Your heart will tell you to do what feels good. The Bible is very clear to act out of Godly wisdom and not emotion.

is not emotion it is an action. leads to emotions but is first the unselfish service to others.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8 says in part:

(7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) never fails.

God is the very definition of . The Bible tells us that God d us so much that he sent his Son into the world to pay the ultimate price for us so that we could reenter a loving relationship with God. It says that God didn’t send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. That is !

We are not perfect but we are forgiven. We should strive to act as Jesus acts and how he s.

is more than a physical attraction or a kind word. is best described by the Apostle Paul in .

(4) is patient, is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) does not delight in evil but rejoices with the . (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Show to others just as Jesus has shown to you and to others. We are called to each other; not just the people we like, but everyone.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and spend it with those you .

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